30A South Walton unnamed 2 THURSDAY: 3rd Annual Food For Thought Golf TournamentFood For Thought, a local children-based non-profit servicing Okaloosa and Walton Counties, is set to tee off for its 3rd Annual Charity Outreach Golf Tournament on April 17th at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club.

“The proceeds from this event will help fill our pantry in preparation for our summer 2014 program and new school year which will feed an estimated 400 children,” said Food For Thought Founder, Tiffanie M. Shelton.

The scramble begins with a 12:45 p.m. shotgun start where players can challenge their teams with a number of games and extras including mulligans for purchase, tee busters, and a putting contest. Food will be available on the course for purchase by CUP. The afternoon of golf will conclude with Happy Hour and hors d’oeuvres at Vue on 30a where team awards, prizes and a raffle will take place.

Players and teams can register online. Golfers will play in four-person teams and fees range from $75 per player to $250 per team.

For more info or to volunteer, please contact Food for Thought by April 7th.

By Shannon J. Winslow-Claunch
30A South Walton black bear released Bears in South Walton: What You Need to Know

Black bear sightings have increased in South Walton, but is it because there are more bears, or because more people now share their encounters on social media?

Here in South Walton, spring temperatures mean an increase in tourists. And it also means more opportunities for potential encounters with some of our longtime locals: Florida black bears. In fact, Florida’s black bear population is on the rise, with sightings doubling statewide to nearly 6,200 every year.

There are a few things that every person who works or plays along 30A should be aware of regarding our furry neighbors.

Catherine Rodriguez of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office warns that it’s spring and black bears are waking up from their winter lethargy. Many mothers have cubs to protect and feed. Bears are motivated by hunger and with the dense population of well-fed humans making 30A their springtime get-away (and sometimes leaving their common sense back home), bear safety is a major concern for local authorities.

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30A South Walton say the word TODAY: John Lacarbiere III to Perform at Say the Word

John Lacarbiere III

Say the Word is hosting a special performance by nationally renowned spoken word artist John Lacarbiere III. Lacarbiere will be performing on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm at Amavida Coffee in Rosemary Beach.

“Say the Word” is a group of poets and spoken word artists dedicated to creating a platform for poets and spoken word artists to perform, encouraging local writers to collaborate and network, and making poetry more viable in the community by hosting monthly open mic nights.

John Lacarbiere III, was born and raised in New Orleans, and is a national spoken word artist, author, and publisher. Lacarbiere started writing at the age of 8, inspired by local and national hip-hop artists. After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he was inspired to take his art to the next level. In 2008 he released his first book “I Write To…” and has since released 6 other titles and 4 spoken word albums.

Lacarbiere has also produced several spoken word events to include a weekly open mic venue, titled “Word Connections.” He was awarded the Writer of the Year at the 2012 Write NOLA, and in October of 2012, started his own publishing company, SWMN Publishing LLC.

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30A South Walton 1463984 10202837219305086 947635605 n1 SATURDAY: 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament in Rosemary BeachThe 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament will get rolling on Saturday, April 19th on the eastern and western greens in Rosemary Beach.

Registration will be at the tent by the fountain on Scenic 30A from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and the opening ceremony will begin precisely as the bell tolls at 10:00 AM.

The cost to enter is $40 per team of 2 and includes refreshments, food, snacks and two t-shirts.

This year’s Bocce Ball Tournament is presented by Bombora Sun & Surf in Rosemary Beach, and 30A.com is also a proud sponsor of this wonderful local tradition.

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30A South Walton Sunquest Aerial 2013 09 29 Solaris Helicopter 0243 emerald 1024x682 Special Easter Cruise Aboard The SOLARIS This Sunday

Sunquest Cruises’ SOLARIS

Follow the bunny tracks down to Baytowne Marina and hop aboard the SOLARIS on Sunday, April 20th from 1 – 3 p.m. for a relaxing lunch cruise.

“Easter weekend is all about spending time with family and friends. If you’re fortunate enough to celebrate in Destin, this is an unforgettable experience for all ages,” said James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS.

After taking in the warm coastal breezes and panoramic views from the sky deck, guests will enjoy a three-course meal that begins with a Baby Spinach and Mushroom Salad. Choice of entrée includes Filet en Croute, Gulf Shrimp Scampi Fettuccini, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Vegetable Lasagna. The meal ends with Chef’s choice of dessert. The children’s menu includes Chicken Tenders, Macaroni & Cheese and fresh seasonal Vegetables.

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30A South Walton Vue17 1024x682 Vue on 30a to Host Special Easter Brunch

Vue on 30a

Vue on 30a will host a special Easter brunch on Sunday, April 20th.

The buffet will feature an array of hot and cold selections, including a raw bar with oysters, shrimp, mini lobster tails, house-cured salmon, shrimp étouffée over rice, roasted prime rib of beef, custom omelets, a grits and mashed potato bar, an assortment of desserts, and more.

Click here to check out the complete menu.

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30A South Walton SJCR Fish Out Of Water Dining DECK 001 Family Easter Festivities at WaterColor Lakehouse This Sunday

Fish Out of Water

WaterColor Inn Resort will host a traditional Easter Brunch at The Lakehouse overlooking the pool and Western Lake on Sunday, April 20th, from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.

The menu includes classic starters, soup, desserts and over ten delightful favorites from the Chef’s Station. The brunch costs $70/adult and $30/child (tax and gratuity not included). Prior reservations are recommended.

Fish Out of Water will be open Easter Sunday evening, featuring an Ala Carte Menu with special features.

These Easter Festivities are also FREE and open to the public:

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Fantastic turnout this weekend for the inaugural 30A Sand Rover Rally!

Here are just a few of the fan photos that have come in so far… For more videos and photos, check out the official event Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who drove here to support this event, as well as to our friends at Gulf Place, Messina’s, Red Bar, Shelly Swanger Photography, Isacks Imagery and 30A Television!

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